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Barham, Prince, Grizzard, etc. of southern Sussex
Posted by: David Fletcher Date: January 01, 2002 at 20:51:06
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I'm getting re-immursed into my Sussex Co. Va lines. My descendancy comes via the following lines: Benjamin Prince m. Martha Lifsey; Theophilus Gilliam Barham m. Virginia Ann Prince; James A. Grizzard m. Elizabeth Grizzard; George Prince Barham m. Fannie Williams Grizzard. The confluence of the above families occurred in southern Sussex Co. VA, near the villages of Yale and Grizzard.

My grandmother, Myra Barham Farrell, was born and raised in this area, living in various old homes, including the former John Massenburg place, purchased by Benjamin Prince, and occupied by his Bailey son-in-law's family. Benjamin Prince's daughter, Virginia Ann, married Theophilus Gilliam Barham, a descendant of Capt. Charles Barham's line in Surry and Southampton Counties. T.G. Barham and Virginia Ann's son George Prince Barham married Fannie Williams Grizzard, daughter of James A. and Elizabeth Grizzard. My grandmother, Myra Hunter Barham, was their first-born, in 1885.

I'm pretty familiar with my Barham lineage, which has been detailed back to medieval France. I am curious about the roots of the Prince and Grizzard families, the latter I understand to have been Huguenot immigrants ca. 1700. Other families involved include Thorpe, Newsome, Judkins, and others. While I don't have tons of data to share, I'm happy to offer what I do know, and I'm curious about what I don't. The above mentioned T.G. Barham was a Lt. Colonel in the 24th VA Cavalry. His son George Prince Barham was a one-time State Senator in Reconstruction Sussex County, as well as a Judge for Greensville County, in nearby Emporia.

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